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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: May 4, 2012 9:32pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Video of a game issued for a mid-1980s business computer...

The Sinclair QL (a British computer) wasn't meant to play games, but several were written for it. The computer was aimed at the business market. Overall, it was only a modest success, as the business market was being ovetaken by IBM, and home users (in the UK at least) preferred the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amstrad CPC.

Here's a video of another game for the ill-fated computer:

In terms of classic TV related to video games, there's an excellent early-1980s episode of a British series called "Commercial Breaks" (the series was about young people in the business world, or something like that), which focused on two game publishers, "Imagine" and "Ocean". Imagine went bust while footage for the episode was being recorded (their assets, oddly enough, were later bought by Ocean). It's well-made, retro viewing.

There's also, of course, those dubious early 1980s cartoons based on arcade games like "Pac-Man" and "Donkey Kong".

BTW, here's a modern video of a 1958 computer game:

The game was not a commercial product (obviously), and the computer it is running on is a replica of the original.